Occupation: Writer (Author of the award-winning, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener), Host of the radio show The Weekend Gardener on News 95.7 FM, blogger at www.nikijabbour.com and highly obsessed veggie gardener
Place of Birth: Halifax, NS
Currently Resides: Halifax, NS
Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a coffee?
That’s easy! Java Blend on North Street. Order a double cappuccino, grab a table and have fun people-watching. They also have a location upstairs at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market so you can sip while you shop for local veggies and products.
Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a pint?
The Old Triangle in Halifax. Rousing atmosphere, good food and lively local music. If you can get a table on a Friday night, you’ve got it made!
Where’s your favourite place to shop in Nova Scotia?
A perfect Saturday morning would find me visiting some of our amazing local farmers markets for ready made food (hello samosas!), local produce, eggs, meat and cheese, as well as hand-crafted jewellery and art. My frequent haunts are the Seaport Farmer’s Market in Halifax, the Hubbards Barn Farmer’s Market and the Wolfville Farmer’s Market. I’d also probably make a pit stop at some of our outstanding garden supply stores and greenhouses like Halifax Seed, Bloom Greenhouse and Garden Centre or Blomidon Nurseries for plants that I don’t need and seeds that I have no room to plant!
Where in Nova Scotia would we stand to see your favourite view?
You’d have to head to picturesque Chester and hitch a boat ride to Quaker Island in the front harbour. Enjoy the long sandy beach and then scramble up to the top of the hill, munching on blueberries and raspberries as you climb. Watch out for the giant mosquitoes on the 10 minute climb and then breathe deeply as you reach the top, which overlooks the gorgeous Mahone Bay, dotted with dozens of islands, sail boats and seagulls.
Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit Nova Scotia:
1. Head to the South Shore and walk the streets of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay, poking into the various shops and cafes.
2.Tee off for a round of golf at the Chester Golf Club. The ocean views will take your breath away! Insider tip - grab lunch or supper at their excellent restaurant.
3. Hang around historic Halifax, visiting the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and grabbing a bite to eat at a local pub, or if you’re up for a road trip, head to the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton.
What makes Nova Scotia such a special place on earth for you?
I’m an ocean girl, so I need to be near the water. In Nova Scotia, you’re never too far from the ocean. From the winding roads of Cape Breton to the fossil cliffs at Joggins to privateer hunting in Liverpool, there are so many amazing places to visit and most are within day-trip distance. Grab a map (or your iPhone), jump in the car and have fun exploring this amazing province!
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